A Burning

This challenging and distinctive novel is a lot to balance, but Megha Majumdar’s writing stays grounded in these three characters’ voices.

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Review of ‘A Burning’

Megha Majumdar’s first novel follows three characters in contemporary urban India: Jivan, a 22-year-old Muslim woman who works at a clothing store, trying to raise her family out of poverty; Lovely, a transgender beggar woman whom Jivan tutored in English; and PT Sir, Jivan’s former gym teacher who’s sure he deserves more respect and improved…

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